The Cape of Good Hope was first encountered by the Portuguese sea traveler Bartolomeu Dias. This momentous event took place in the year 1488. He named it Cape Storms. But the Portuguese king Juan II did not like this name, and he ordered it to be renamed the Cape of Good Hope, hoping that the name would somehow endure the depths of the sea and the path to India would be open, which later happened.
Cape of Good Hope is a symbol of South Africa. The cape is located on the Cape Peninsula. It takes 4 hours from Cape Town. Time will fly by: beautiful savannahs, walking ostriches, baboons, antelopes - all this looks extremely beautiful and organic.
Further, the path lies through the reserve with the same name. The surface of the earth is covered with dense low vegetation, so it is almost impossible to walk on foot, only by car. Plants growing in the reserve can not be seen anywhere else on the planet.
The fauna is also unique. There are monkeys, and cheetahs, and rhinos, and lions, and other predators. And most importantly, along with these representatives of hot Africa, penguins walk around here. You will definitely not see this anywhere.
At Cape Good Hope you can sunbathe and swim on the beaches. The swimming season is from September to May.
The main attraction of Good Hope, of course, is a lighthouse 240 meters high, built in 1860. Today, the lighthouse does not work, because it is often shrouded in a veil of clouds and ships still can not see it. But it has a viewing platform. A cable car leads to it, and you can walk. There is also a restaurant and a souvenir shop. Climbing to the site, there is a feeling of flying over two oceans. Here the meeting place of the Indian Ocean with the Atlantic, in honor of which even a special aquarium in Cape Town is arranged. On the one hand, the cape is washed by one, on the other by the other. If you look closely, you will notice that the oceans are somewhat different in color.
From Cape of Good Hope you can go on a boat to the island of fur seals. On the same small island, only four square meters. km, there was once a prison, and now a museum telling about the historical events of the country.
Rooms and prices
Accommodation 356 meters from the Railway Station
Tasty and hearty breakfasts
Hotel Nadezhda is the largest hotel in Nizhnevartovsk, which is conveniently located on the forecourt.
The number of rooms is represented by 104 rooms of various categories, made in the laconic style of functional minimalism. Each of the rooms is equipped with modern appliances and comfortable furniture.
Restaurant "Nadezhda" invites guests to enjoy dishes of both Russian and European cuisine.
In the hotel’s cinema, guests will be able to see the premieres of world and domestic cinema or hold a conference.
Various cafes and shops are a 5-minute walk away. It is a 20-minute drive from Nadezhda Hotel to Nizhnevartovsk Airport.
11. Google Maps will tell you what the area really looks like next to the hotel or apartment.
Before you book a hotel room, check out Google Maps to see street photos of the neighborhood. Often hotels located in remote or disadvantaged areas offer good rooms at a low price, but they "forget" to talk about the surroundings.
Try virtual walks through the streets to find out in advance when shops and pharmacies are nearby, where public transport stops and how to quickly get to the sights and the city center.
Tip: Save the desired route to download in the mobile application and use it offline in place.
10. Find hotel photos on social networks
Check with the hotel how internet access is available. For example, when booking, the administration guarantees free access to the Internet via Wi-Fi, but in fact this applies only to the lobby area, and you need to pay extra for access from the room.
Hotel promotional photos often falsely reflect reality. The owners mask the flaws and take off so that the visual appearance looks larger. What the hotel looks like, it’s better to tell user photos on websites with reviews or on Instagram, if you use the search by geotag or hotel name. So you can learn about the pleasant bonuses in the room, it can be a thermometer in the shower or a free mobile phone for the rest.
Carefully read reviews of the pool, gym or spa, if their services are included in the room rate. Such complexes often work as partners of the hotel, where employees are not responsible for the things left and charge an additional fee for trifles, for example, a place under an umbrella from the sun by the pool.
There is no single requirement regarding the number of towels in a room, but a good hotel offers two body towels, one for legs and one for hands. Carry a medium-sized microfiber personal towel: it absorbs moisture well and dries quickly.
Tip: Take shampoos, slippers and even bathrobes with you - their price is already included in the room price.
9. Take a look at how the number works
It is not easy for people with above-average growth to find a room in hotels in Asia. Do not evaluate the scale of the photographs, find out the height of the ceilings from the administration when booking. If it is difficult for you to move up the stairs, ask in advance about the availability of the elevator and its size: not every passenger elevator will accommodate a pram. It is safer to live on the first five floors, where in the event of a fire, a fire escape will reach.
There are 15 types of sockets, and the hotel does not always have a universal adapter. In old hotels, sometimes you have to be content with one or two outlets, which are occupied by air conditioning and a TV. Before the trip, check with the administration.
Tip: If there are not enough sockets, charge the phone directly from the TV by connecting to its USB input.
8. Do not overpay for the view from the window.
A room with an additional window is more expensive, but this window does not always lead to the street. Hotel owners hide closets, common corridors, chimneys and simply walls outside the windows. If you pay separately for the view from the window, specify what is at stake. For example, perhaps by choosing “Sea view”, you want to get a “Beach view”.
Tip: If the hotel does not provide a free cancellation at the last moment, please contact the property and ask them to postpone the arrival dates a month in advance, and then call and cancel the “new” reservation a week later. This life hack doesn't always work, but it's worth a try.
7. Carefully study the photos of the bathroom
Sometimes the bathroom is separated from the room by glass. This design is more common in hotels with small rooms for individual business travelers. Families with children do not stay here. A transparent bathroom takes up less space, uses room lighting and allows you to monitor the situation in the room.
Tip: If the pressure in the soul is weak, remove the nozzle and remove the rubber black ring. The pressure will become stronger. If you are not sure of the purity of the shower, put a towel under your feet before entering it.
When choosing a shared bathroom or toilet, find out how this room works. Sometimes it is located between two rooms and each has its own entrance. Once in the bathroom, you need to make sure that it is free, and close from the neighbors. An alarm in this case is caused by the safety of personal belongings.
In some countries, hot water is only available at certain times. Sometimes there are boilers that take time to heat water. In such cases, dry hair shampoo will help out.
Tip: Unpack and hang on hangers in the bathroom, turn on the hot shower and close the bathroom for a couple of minutes. The steam will “iron over” all the folds.
6. Before check in, pay attention to the little things.
Check the heating and air conditioning before unpacking and ask for a room change if something doesn’t work. Carefully inspect the room: the administration sometimes installs hidden cameras above the bed, safe and in the bathroom. Make sure all outlets are working.
"Dial: 0 - reception, 911 - emergency call, 68 - listen to a bedtime story."
Check where the first-aid kit is located: each hotel is required to provide medicines and drugs for emergency medical care. Write down the Latin names of drugs that may be useful in advance: they will select the right medicine from the pharmacy.
Remember the hours of the dining room and learn the rules of service. Some hotels allow you to take a couple of sandwiches from breakfast and pour coffee into disposable mugs to take with you for exploring the city.
Tip: If you are attached to a certain type of food, write to the administration in advance, perhaps the cooks will meet you and offer an individual menu.
5. Find out what security measures have helped other travelers.
When reading hotel reviews, pay attention to security information and check through the search engine to see if this hotel is the place where some unpleasant event or crime occurred. Before traveling, take a photocopy of your passport, tickets, and important documents. Keep originals in a safe place, carry copies with you and send to e-mail yourself and someone close to you in an emergency.
Valuable items are best stored in a safe at the administration if they guarantee safety. Do not trust the locks in suspicious hotels: insert the key into the keyhole at night or use furniture to block the entrance.
Remember that in some countries it’s not even safe to check into a hotel room without a male escort. Do not tell the taxi driver what number and how much you stayed in.
4. Get a pocket phrasebook
Going to a country where they speak an unfamiliar language, get a pocket phrasebook. Perhaps the people you will need to chat with do not speak English or any other language you know. Learn basic phrases: greetings, thanks, questions.
Find out the addresses of the embassy of your country, save his contacts on the phone. Record your local emergency numbers. In an emergency, even basic knowledge of the language can save a person’s life.
Tip: Take a photo of the street name, hotel number, other addresses and even the parking place, so as not to forget. Still photos are useful to explain to the taxi driver where you need to get.
3. Walk around the places that local residents advise.
Companies pay publishers of travel guides to attract tourists. The best recommendations will be provided by local residents - there are special sites where their advice is collected. Instagram will tell you what the sights really look like, which ones are worth the time spent and where experienced tourists go.
Facebook has a feature for requesting recommendations, which is tied to a person’s geo-location: you come to an unfamiliar city, activate the search for recommendations on restaurants around you, and users who live and work nearby will tell you where to eat.
Some hotels provide special cards that offer discounts on cafes, museums, theaters and galleries. Local tourism organizations usually distribute free city maps, booklets and brochures for tourists.